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I think in collages. 2 years 3 weeks ago #115

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I have no idea how to explain this!

I don't have a straight train of thought and my thoughts don't come from a solid image or source in my mind. I feel my subconscious pulls intelligence from different areas and experiences.

I will see can I put it into better words later. :)
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I think in collages. 2 years 3 weeks ago #125

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That is the problem we face understanding aphantasia, as the brain is personal, it is so difficult to explain sensation.

How could you explain pain to someone who can't experience pain, it hurts, hut what does that mean?
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I think in collages. 2 years 3 weeks ago #126

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Thomas wrote:
That is the problem we face understanding aphantasia, as the brain is personal, it is so difficult to explain sensation.

How could you explain pain to someone who can't experience pain, it hurts, hut what does that mean?

I totally agree and there are so many other factors making each one of us who we are.

We all have different strengths and weaknesses so to be able to understand each other is hard sometimes.
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I think in collages. 2 years 3 days ago #1698

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So I heard about Aphantasia a week or so ago and it kind of answered a lot of things, and I may have a similarity with this "collage" idea of yours. I was trying to figure out the best way to explain what I experience/feel to see if others with Aphantasia would agree that it's indeed the same thing.

I was going to explain how I can't see faces in my mind's eye. I still recognize friends, but when I have to describe a friend, all I'm doing is putting together facts about their face, not the mental image. I know my friend has brown hair, and I know he's kind of fat, and I know he has a butt chin that I make fun of, so when I have to picture my friend all I'm doing is putting together a collage of facts instead of remembering his face. It's never spot on or that close, I still go "oh yeah" when I see my friend's face and don't remember certain aspects of it.

Does that kind of make sense? I remember facts about things but not a picture, so when I have to recall an image I'm pretty much recreating a crude collage of facts into what I think it would look like and it comes out sort of the same, haha.
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I think in collages. 2 years 1 day ago #1728

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MrSlightly wrote:
So I heard about Aphantasia a week or so ago and it kind of answered a lot of things, and I may have a similarity with this "collage" idea of yours. I was trying to figure out the best way to explain what I experience/feel to see if others with Aphantasia would agree that it's indeed the same thing.

I was going to explain how I can't see faces in my mind's eye. I still recognize friends, but when I have to describe a friend, all I'm doing is putting together facts about their face, not the mental image. I know my friend has brown hair, and I know he's kind of fat, and I know he has a butt chin that I make fun of, so when I have to picture my friend all I'm doing is putting together a collage of facts instead of remembering his face. It's never spot on or that close, I still go "oh yeah" when I see my friend's face and don't remember certain aspects of it.

Does that kind of make sense? I remember facts about things but not a picture, so when I have to recall an image I'm pretty much recreating a crude collage of facts into what I think it would look like and it comes out sort of the same, haha.

This is exactly how I think! I usually explain it as it being just words and facts meaning that when I think of something I just remember this or that quality that called my attention but if you ask me about something I didn't pay attention to (their clothes or hairstyle or eye colour) there's no way I'll be able to answer.
Another example is when I think of a person's house I usually remember the address or directions to the place (two blocks here, left, three blocks, etc) whereas my boyfriend will always remember the house itself or the houses that are on the way.
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I think in collages. 1 year 5 months ago #2848

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MrSlightly wrote:
So I heard about Aphantasia a week or so ago and it kind of answered a lot of things, and I may have a similarity with this "collage" idea of yours. I was trying to figure out the best way to explain what I experience/feel to see if others with Aphantasia would agree that it's indeed the same thing.

I was going to explain how I can't see faces in my mind's eye. I still recognize friends, but when I have to describe a friend, all I'm doing is putting together facts about their face, not the mental image. I know my friend has brown hair, and I know he's kind of fat, and I know he has a butt chin that I make fun of, so when I have to picture my friend all I'm doing is putting together a collage of facts instead of remembering his face. It's never spot on or that close, I still go "oh yeah" when I see my friend's face and don't remember certain aspects of it.

Does that kind of make sense? I remember facts about things but not a picture, so when I have to recall an image I'm pretty much recreating a crude collage of facts into what I think it would look like and it comes out sort of the same, haha.

Yep, spot on! I remember facts about what someone looked like, not the actual image.

Now, there's more to the story, because I can recognize a face without being consciously aware of what those facts are. There must be some sort of visual pattern-matcher in my mind somewhere.

But ask me to describe someone and I draw a complete blank unless I can draw some of those facts from the memory bank.
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I think in collages. 4 months 6 days ago #39233

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MrSlightly describes my thoughts/ mental construction of people and things very well. when i try to think of my mother's face it is like putting together a collage of facts i know about her. the collage is always fleeting and kind of mutates the more i think about it.

i love this thread. so interesting!
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